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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences
Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello all, and welcome to December. We are less than two weeks from the end of the fall semester, and you should all be proud of the work you've done to get us here. Following the fall break, COVID-19 testing protocols have changed, including quarantine policies, which you can find here. Also:

We still want to hear about your projects, publications, and plans! We are collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. Be sure to submit your information. To ensure inclusion in Monday's email, we ask that you send information by 5 p.m. the previous Friday to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


The AHS Teaching Academy established a peer support system to provide instructors across the College the opportunity to regularly interact and brainstorm ideas for teaching online. Aptly named “DIG” (courtesy of Matt Rispoli), the Digital Instruction Group meets weekly for an informal coffee hour on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. So far they have discussed best practices in using Zoom, taken deep dives into assessment strategies, shared some hits and misses in teaching, and much more. If you’re interested in joining them next semester, contact Sara Shrader or Amy Woods, or email


AHS is using non-recurring cash to support faculty and staff in creating plans for new, revenue-generating activities. You can download a call for proposals here. This call asks you to propose ideas for activities/programs that will generate new revenue. The proposal format requires a brief explanation of your idea along with the support you’ll need to develop a full proposal for your targeted idea. 


RST Professor Monika Stodolska and RST Associate Professor Jon Welty Peachey have a new publication entitled, “Governing adaptation strategies of winter tourism destinations in the context of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games” in the journal Tourism Review International. The purpose of this study was to analyze how the successful bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games contributed to the shifts in governance structure and the resulting influence of the new governance structure on the resilience of winter tourism in Zhangjiakou, China. Guangzhou Chen, a PhD student being mentored by Stodolska and Welty Peachey, is a co-author, along with collaborators from the Department of Human Geography and Planning at Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

​Simple tasks like dishwashing involve both physical and cognitive processes, but little is known about the tradeoff of these resources within the ecology of the task itself. KCH Assistant Professor Shannon Mejía, with collaborators at the University of Michigan, Georgia State University, and Procter and Gamble, developed an ecologically valid dishwashing task where older women with arthritis washed dishes while listening to the radio. Participants prioritized the motor over the cognitive component of the task, suggesting that support should be directed at both processes to promote independence. This study, entitled, “Assessment of Cognitive-motor Performance Costs, Task Prioritization, and Adaptation to Dishwashing under Increased Demand in Older Women with Arthritis” and published in Innovation in Aging, highlights the potential to gain a richer understanding of how multiple factors simultaneously affect iADL performance.


SHS Assistant Professor Ian Mertes has been awarded a Campus Research Board grant for the project “Auditory Reflexes in Listeners with Normal Hearing and with Hearing Loss.” The project will investigate the relationship between auditory physiology and perception in adults with and without hearing loss, with the long-term goal of improving diagnostic methods for hearing loss. The grant is for $29,338 for 18 months. 

KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo’s proposal entitled “COVID-19: Assessing Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Mexican-American and Mexican Immigrant Mothers (CADA MAMI)” has been funded by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) Small Grant program. Lara-Cinisomo will receive $20,000 for the project, which will assess the effects of COVID-19 on depressive and anxiety symptoms in pregnant women and mothers of young children.  The co-investigators include Dr. Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez from California State University San Marcos, and Dr. Amy Non from the University of California San Diego.


From Nov. 20-22, the University of Illinois hosted the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Brain Imaging and Tinnitus. The virtual conference was organized by SHS Professor Fatima Husain and members of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and hosted on Zoom. The keynote speaker was Jos Eggermont, PhD, a renowned auditory neuroscientist and tinnitus researcher at the University of Calgary, Canada. The interactive, interdisciplinary conference, aimed at researchers, clinicians, and students, featured close to 20 world-renowned and up-and-coming speakers, and covered neural mechanisms, diagnostic measures, and treatments. About 350 people registered for the conference. Attendance for individual lectures varied from 70 to 117, with attendees representing 28 different countries and five continents, including Africa. Congratulations, Fatima, on an incredibly successful virtual conference!


The Sapora Symposium continues through Dec. 9 in an effort to promote social justice as a vehicle to impact economic development, inclusion, cultural cohesion, gender equity, reconciliation, and ultimately peacebuilding. If you have missed any of the Zoom sessions, you can catch them all here.


The AHS Fall Lecture Series, featuring distinguished faculty in AHS presenting their research, has concluded. You can find any lectures you missed right here.


Congratulations to Wendy Rogers, whose research was featured in This Week in Illinois Research from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation.  


Freshmen this semester dealt with navigating campus for the first time during a pandemic. SHS freshmen Abbie Keasler talked about why she decided to stay home this fall.

In her latest Beyond the Gym Floor podcast, KCH Teaching Assistant Professor Jamie O'Connor speaks with Guthrie Hood, a physical education teacher at Champaign Central High School.

RST student and Illini starting quarterback Brandon Peters spoke to the News-Gazette about COVID, college football, and future plans.


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students, and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine, and more!


A reminder that AHS has an embedded clinical counselor, Kim Peters, who is located in Huff Hall, Room 245. Students, faculty, and staff can schedule appointments directly with Kim at or 217-333-3704. You can learn more about Kim here.



We are examining the effects of two dietary supplements on intramuscular creatine content. The study requires 24 days of participation including a 14‐day supplementation period, two trials with muscle and blood collection, and supervised resistance exercise 3 days per week. You get $500 upon completion and information about your body composition. Email for more information!


The Exercise Psychology Lab is committed to promoting exercise as an easy, fun, and safe way to improve health and well-being. During this time when COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, we are offering free, Zoom-based group exercise sessions led by our research staff. Exercises are tailored toward middle-aged and older adults with moderate levels of fitness. Sign Up Here! Exercise classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.


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